RKW at POWTECH in Nuremberg, Germany 19-21 April 2016, hall 1 at booth 1-533

Polymer instead of paper: With RKW ProVent® Advanced, RKW expands its modular product portfolio of robust and sustainable plastic packaging that provides optimal protection for powdery, moisture-sensitive goods

Polymer beats paper: RKW presents modern packaging for powdery goods

Frankenthal (Germany), March 1, 2016 - Weather-proof, sustainable, and efficient: RKW provides reliable product protection for powdery goods such as cement and other building materials with the self-venting plastic packaging RKW ProVent®. Visitors of POWTECH 2016 can expect a look at the complete product family for different requirements in hall 1 at booth 1-533. The specialist for FFS (Form, Fill & Seal) solutions highlights RKW ProVent® Advanced - the latest generation especially creates further sales and marketing opportunities.

RKW ProVent® is a special solution in the area of FFS films that will be at the centerpiece of RKW's trade show presence: The polymer-based alternative to paper sack packaging offers great advantages with respect to transportation and storage of moisture-sensitive goods. Based on its long-term experience as a manufacturer of industrial packaging, RKW has developed a self-venting packaging solution that protects the content effectively against weather conditions and moisture. As a cost-efficient and sustainable solution, RKW ProVent® set new standards: RKW has sold 350 million sacks of the product range since 2005.

Both in the building materials and in the food and chemistry industry the fillers of powdery goods express growing need for packaging solutions that feature more than transport protection. "An increasing number of companies are looking for weather-proof packaging, which enables them to store their goods outdoors over a longer period of time," Thomas Steffen, Head of Research & Development Industrial Packaging, explains. Compared to paper sack packaging, the vapor barrier of the packaging has been increased by the factor 40, thereby significantly extending shelf life. At the same time, the robust plastic sack minimizes transport damages and product loss. As a result, there are fewer costs for storage and waste disposal.

Going beyond product protection, packaging serves as a strategic sales tool that influences purchasing decisions. Customers benefit from the model RKW ProVent® Advanced - a technically sophisticated solution with the fully integrated self-venting system AirVent 2.0 - in terms of differentiation from competition. Due to the seamless front side, there are no constraints on the layout design and the plastic sacks offer an ideal space for advertising.

"With the latest generation RKW ProVent® Advanced, we take the next development step und address increasing marketing requirements such as print quality and advertising effectiveness," says Steffen. "The product features high adaptability to different filling machines and enables user-friendly setting of the equipment." End customers show a clear preference for plastic sack packaging. Therefore, the polymer-based solution is already well-positioned in several markets. By using RKW ProVent® at an early stage, companies have the chance of achieving a first-mover advantage.

Meanwhile, RKW has built up a modular product family that will be displayed at POWTECH. According to customer requirements, a variety of modules can be combined such as an integrated carrying handle for more convenience and the "easy cut" option that enables users to open the sacks without a knife or scissors. Further add-ons include an enhanced water barrier or an improved sealing seam for highly contaminated weld areas.

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The RKW Group

The RKW Group is an independent, family-owned company headquartered in Frankenthal, Germany and one of the world's foremost manufacturers of excellent film solutions. RKW is the market leader in the areas of hygiene and agricultural films, films for the beverage industry and packaging for powdery goods. In addition, the company makes films and nonwovens for medical applications, for the chemical and converting industries as well as for the construction sector. RKW's sustainable films enable its customers to improve the daily life of consumers all over the world.

In the fiscal year 2015, RKW generated total sales of EUR 953 million. About 3,000 employees process more than 410,000 tonnes of plastic materials at more than 20 locations around the world. True to the corporate slogan "When excellence matters", the company, which was founded in 1957, offers outstanding performance in terms of quality and service. Respect and reliability are the core values of RKW and are the basis of the company's success.

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